Posted by Amanda Warner on Aug 28, 2017
     For the past 93 years, the Akron Rotary Camp has served children with special needs throughout Northeast Ohio. Thanks to the generous support of so many in our community, we have made tremendous strides to fulfill our mission of “Creating a world where there are only abilities!”
     Please join us for the 3rd Akron Rotary Camp Regatta on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 6pm at Akron Rotary Camp.  Enjoy cocktails as you stroll along the beautiful lake campgrounds with friends while you sample on some gourmet creations from the one and only Chef Beau Schmidt from Beau’s Grille and Beau’s on the River.  Explore the camp and experience all the wonderful facilities and activities our campers enjoy throughout the year while listening to the sounds of local musicians, Hard to Handle. The night promises an entertaining live auction with one-of-a-kind items and exciting getaways, concluded with a fireworks spectacular over the lake.

     All proceeds of the event will be used for the renovation of the dining hall that was originally constructed in 1963. It will include expansion for storage, accessible restrooms, kitchen upgrades and an addition of a sensory-friendly dining area balcony designed with a focus on color, lighting and sound to create an immersive sensory experience. Many of our campers with autism have difficulty at mealtime related to the sensory experience of eating in crowded, noisy and uncomfortable surroundings. Many times, they demand to eat outside in the quietness of nature – with the heat of summer and cold of winter which isn’t an ideal situation. Our new dining hall will help resolve this challenge.  We need your support as we continue this voyage of making a difference in the lives of special needs children and their families. Please consider a sponsorship, tickets to the event, or a donation to support this cause.  Visit for more information.
     More than 1,800 children and adults with disabilities attend each year, where they participate in a variety of programs and activities, learn important life skills, grow confident, and build friendships that last a lifetime. Akron Rotary Camp is also committed to offering financial assistance to those who may qualify. In 2016, more than $184,000 was provided to help over 600 families be able to have a camp experience. With the support from the proceeds raised for the Regatta event, Akron Rotary Camp will be able to continue to reach out and serve special needs families in the community.

For information about the Akron Rotary Camp Regatta – please visit or call the camp office at (330) 644-4512.